Elena Baltacha out of Sparta Prague Open after semi-final loss

British number one Elena Baltacha keeps her eye on the ball
Elena Baltacha was denied a final appearance at the Sparta Prague Open

Elena Baltacha missed out on a Sparta Prague Open final place as she lost her semi-final to Klara Zakopalova.

The 28-year-old Briton suffered a 6-1 6-3 defeat by the Czech second seed.

World number 70 Baltacha had not dropped a set on her way to the semi-finals, beating Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in the previous round.

Baltacha has not reached the final of an ITF women's tournament since October 2011, where she finished runner-up in the St Petersburg Open.

Zakopalova will now meet Lucie Safarova in an all-Czech final after the top seed won the second semi-final against unseeded Alize Cornet of France 6-3 5-7 6-1.

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